Long Island Artists
Toni Rose
Stained glass has been my passion since the early 1970's when I fell in love with a stained glass lamp I couldn't afford in an antique shop, so I went to school at The Museums in Stoneybrook, in order to learn to make my own. It took quite awhile before I was able to make a lamp and in the meantime I found I loved glass.
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Barbara Stein

Barbara has been creating artwork and teaching for most of her life. Her batiks, pastels, watercolors, and ceramics have been shown throughout New York and Vermont. Her work has been greatly influenced by natural forms and colors. Barbara lived in Vermont in the early 1970's, and the place's natural beauty and tranquility continues to inspire.

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Robert Gwathmey

Born in Richmond, Gwathmey personally experienced the challenges faced by the working class at a formative age. His father, a railroad engineer, died in a terrible train accident before Gwathmey's birth, leaving his mother and later her children to work in low-paying jobs to make ends meet. The children held part-time jobs around their schoolwork and Gwathmey once reported that he recognized the social inequalities in his community at an early age.

Oddly enough, he developed a greater interest in art while working on a freighter during the 1920s. He drew to fill up his free time, often sketching other crew members, and when the ship stopped at European ports, he began to visit museums and galleries. When, at 22, he returned to the United States, he enrolled at the Maryland Institute of Design in Baltimore and later at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

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Gina Knee
Gina Knee was born on Oct 31, 1898 to a prevalent family in Marietta, OH. Knee was raised in the mindset of the most affluent families at this time, where one was to place the family and social obligations above the search for self-identity and happiness. Painting and visual arts were a part of her life at a young age. Sharon Udall, her biographer, recalls Virginia’s statement: “As a child and into my teens, I always painted something-- from paper dolls to attempts at pictures of my friends or family.” As most society women raised during the 1910s, Virginia was brought up in preparation for her arranged marriage that was set in motion at an early age. Consequently, she married Goodlow Macdowell and spent ten years focusing her life around him. They went to parties, polo games and all other sophisticated activities a proper married couple at this time were supposed to participate in.
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William de Kooning
In 1926 de Kooning entered the United States as a stowaway on a British freighter, the SS Shelly, to Newport, Virginia. He then went by ship to Boston, and took a train from Boston to Rhode Island, and eventually settled in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he supported himself as a house painter. In 1927 he moved to a studio in Manhattan and came under the influence of the artist, connoisseur, and art critic John D. Graham and the painter Arshile Gorky. Gorky became one of de Kooning's closest friends.
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Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
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The Paint Color Chart
Experience has taught us that certain combinations of colors, whether in nature or art, affect the eye and mind agreeably, while others give offense. We call the former "harmonies," the latter "discords."
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How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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